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Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris

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Devoted to the artists, writers, and composers of the Romantic period, Musée de la Vie romantique was the Paris base of Dutch-born painter Ary Scheffer (1795–1858). For decades, Scheffer and his daughter hosted Friday evening salons, attracting the likes of George Sand, Frederic Chopin, Eugène Delacroix, Franz Liszt, Gioacchino Rossini, and singer Pauline Viardot. Later in the century, Charles Dickens, Ivan Turgueniev, and Charles Gounod attended regularly. The museum displays numerous mementos of these luminaries, as well as Romantic-era paintings, sculptures, and objets d'art. Put Musée de la Vie romantique into our Paris trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Paris.
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  • If you are planning your first, second, or maybe even third trip to Paris, this tiny city museum wouldn't make the cut. However, if you've been to Paris many times and already done all the major museu...  more »
  • It is a small museum. It was once the house of a famous painter and we still visit his studio. The house is full of art piece of the Parisian life during the XIXth century. The garden is just deliciou...  more »
  • During our recent stay in Paris, my partner and I went to see the exhibition " Le Pouvoir des Fleurs" at the Musée de la Vie Romantique and we were left fascinated! The Musée De la Vie Romantique is s...  more »
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  • Beautiful garden, charming house. Current new exhibits are mixed with the old ones in a most harmonious way! One of the best experience.
  • Achingly beautiful hidden tea garden. Simple menu, light salads, quiches, simple sweets including a raspberry tart the day I went. Coffees are also on the menu, along with a selection of Angelina teas. Rarely do you find a free museum in Paris, the tea garden is very reasonably priced as well. The museum is only 8 rooms...focusing mainly on personal, sentimental, items of George Sand. Lovely casting of Chopin's hand. My visit was right before the beginning of spring, 2017
  • Romantic here refers to 19th century Romanticism, not romantic love. (hello!) It's a charming, unusual museum for Paris, given that Romanticism is much more associated with Germany than France. Fans of George Sand will find a lot to love. It's a perfect destination to plan for lunch when the weather is good. The courtyard could hardly be more appropriate to the theme with finches fluttering about the twisted tree trunks, and sneaking into the cafe to steal bits of croissant! All written guides are available in English and French, when the staff heard me speaking English, they rushed to give me some. I didn't check for other languages. The buildings themselves and decorations evoke the theme: heavy drapes, faux wood detailing and marble wallpaper, creaky spiral staircases... As an American, I find my associations with the 19th century are so deeply rooted in the Civil War (and the lead up to it and the Restoration period) that it's hard to see anything but misery in the whole aesthetic. But it made me think about how Art Nouveau was light by comparison and a welcome change.
  • Lovely small museum, with a super cute terrace in the garden :) the perfect spot for a cup of coffee and a snack when it's warm outside
  • No English speaking personell, lack of directions where to drop your bag. Nothing much to see in the Museum. And why is it called romantic?